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Apple TV set up

We are going to buy the latest Apple TV (4K). We use it with a projector for cinema. Do we need a receiver? We use the sound system for nothing else (music is done through Apple box as well). Can we get cinema quality just with a Soundbar (without buying an amplifier).
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I don't know if I would say "cinema quality" but you can get impressive, immersive sound from a soundbar these days.

Some quick recommendations, in order of ascending price:

Vizio 36" 5.1.2 (also available in a 3.1.2 setup, but with a smaller sub and the street price is higher than the one with surrounds)
Sony Z9F (3.1, no upfiring speakers, but can add on rear surrounds)
Vizio 46" 5.1.4 (also available in a 3.1.2 without rear surrounds or upfiring speakers, same size sub)
Sony ST-5000 7.1.2 (no rear surrounds, so it's doing some DSP, but sound is supposed to be great)
Samsung N-950 7.1.4 (highest number of drivers, but it's expensive and the 46" Vizio is supposed to be competitive in performance if you can live with only one HDMI input)
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A pair of active speakers will give better quality sound than a Soundbar (though Stereo only, no surround sound), especially as you plan to use the Apple TV for music too. Something like the KEF LSX, though obviously they are quite expensive; there are cheaper and more expensive alternatives. You can add a subwoofer.

The Apple TV 4K no longer has an optical out, so you send the sound to the projector over HDMI and then output by optical cable for example. You would need to set the Projector to output PCM for stereo. You would have to run a long cable to the speakers from the projector.

The Apple TV 4K can be set to output its audio wirelessly over Airplay to the HomePod. You can set two Homepods up as a stereo pair, but not surround yet. The are limitations, such as other devices you may buy in the future may not be able to output over airplay.
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A pair of active speakers will give better quality sound than a Soundbar (though Stereo only, no surround sound), especially as you plan to use the Apple TV for music too. Something like the KEF LSX, though obviously they are quite expensive; there are cheaper and more expensive alternatives. You can add a subwoofer.

The Apple TV 4K no longer has an optical out, so you send the sound to the projector over HDMI and then output by optical cable for example. You would need to set the Projector to output PCM for stereo. You would have to run a long cable to the speakers from the projector.

The Apple TV 4K can be set to output its audio wirelessly over Airplay to the HomePod. You can set two Homepods up as a stereo pair, but not surround yet. The are limitations, such as other devices you may buy in the future may not be able to output over airplay.

This isn't a bad suggestion if you don't mind sticking to good quality stereo speakers. Some of the newer soundbars sound great, but it's hard to fight the physics of bigger drivers in a well-designed enclosure. Since most soundbars are slim to fit in front of your TV, they tend to make some compromises for space concerns.

Instead of running the audio cable from the projector to the speakers, you could get an HDMI audio extractor - you plug the HDMI from the ATV into this, and then another HDMI from the extractor to the projector to send the video, but it will also include some audio out options you can run to your speakers (such as optical or analog, for example).
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